Black wedding guest wear is one of the latest and greatest trends to pop up on social media. And once you see the full effect, it’s obvious why people are going bananas over it.
Now, wearing black to a South Asian wedding might feel like a stretch since, A) our outfits typically look like the Crayola factory exploded (in the best way possible); and B) a lot of us are into the maximalist prints and embroidery from the likes of Papa Don’t Preach and Siddhartha Bansal—myself included.
You might have to see it to believe it, but black South Asian wear can still be all of those things.
In fact, black South Asian wear is incredibly versatile and varied. You can opt for a traditional handwoven Banarasi sari (a timeless, high-quality wardrobe staple), a lightweight or heavily embellished lehenga, or even a modern Indowestern cape set. If you can dream it, it exists (probably on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop).
Here are some beautiful black South Asian outfits that you’ll want to wear on repeat this upcoming wedding season.
This off-the-shoulder dragonfly blouse that pairs well with trousers, cigarette pants, or even as a blouse for a mix n’ match lehenga set.
Here’s a one-shouldered number that you’ll have you sparkling under the reception lights.
You’ll get your money’s worth in this gorgeous velvet gown that works well for South Asian weddings and Western events.
Traditional dhoti meets modern guest wear in this lightweight, gold-bordered set.
If you want to wear all the colors and still look ravishing in black, this sequin-embroidered, digital printed set is for you.
Every South Asian wardrobe deserves a Banarasi sari as beautiful as this black one.
You can’t go wrong with this all-season appropriate, off-the-shoulder jumpsuit.
This glamorous sequined fit features a sheer palla to show off your sexy, sparkly blouse.
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Now here’s an outfit that’ll get the Auntys’ tongues wagging. The 70’s vibe is strong in this set that comes with an embellished cape, bralette, and flare pants.
Got a Mexico destination wedding on your calendar? You’ll feel breezy and beautiful in this tropical-inspired maxi gown.
Can’t get enough of this sexy sequined sari with a green bustier top.
If you haven’t heard of Masaba, this is another designer to bookmark for your wedding guest wear needs. Especially loving this foil printed black and pink sari.
If you love Masaba but hate the fuss of a sari, here’s a lehenga to wear instead.
This lehenga is so beautiful (and expensive), it could work as a reception look for both brides and wedding guests.
Content strategist and UX writer who’s been researching and writing about weddings for 5 years. Addicted to Netflix, dirty martinis, and naps.